Thursday, July 17, 2014

{My Parties} Lachlan's Dirty Thirdy Birthday Party

Ready to get dirty? 
My latest party for my littlest guy is based upon his love of being outside with his Daddy 24/7. 
He particularly loves digging! So, when I was brainstorming ideas for his birthday, I knew I wanted to do a party with an outdoor theme. 
He just happened to be turning three, so Dirty Third-y it was!



I always like to start my parties with a welcome to the guests. That usually takes the form of some sort of door hanging. Even though all my guests know where we live, when you have guests who have never been to your home before, it's nice to indicate that this door leads to the party!
I made this wreath by dismantling the one from his Twolladega party last year and adding some gummy worms and a cute little bucket cutout from my Silhouette. 

And, for my boys' parties, I always have a giant stair hanging! 
This time I made a giant 3 out of a cardboard folding science fair backdrop and added some gummy worms that I painted on cardboard and cut out. 

For the invitation, of COURSE I had my favorite graphics people, Piggy Bank Parties, come up with something just for Lachlan!
I am so lucky to be one of the few people whom they will custom design for. We are always on the same wavelength and when I toss them a crazy party idea, they always knock it out of the park with the printables!
And guess what? They've already listed the entire collection in their Etsy shop!
For the backdrop, I wanted to have his name outlined in gummy worms, so I bought a huge bag of bulk gummy worms (or "yummy" worms as he calls them) and glued them to wooden letters from +Hobby Lobby . I stuck them to a large piece of brown corrugated cardboard which I cut into the shape of a big mud splatter. 
I found these cute shovels in the dollar spot at Target and I knew I wanted to have them hanging from the front of the table. 
The brilliant Purple Pug made him this fabulous table runner with his name in glitter, of course! She has made my boys something for pretty much every one of their birthdays and I have a small collection of her awesomeness in each of their rooms!
I used this worm sculpture that was left over from his first "Lach Ness Monster" party for added table cuteness. He had been hanging around in our back yard for two years and I realized that he HAD to be included in this party and I painted his middle section red. 

Lach LOVES the oreos from Maria at Love and Sugar Kisses. So, I knew I had to get order some for him. 
Maria absolutely killed it with these. 
When I saw that she had made the bucket 3D, I might have squealed aloud. 
Lach's favorites were the ones with the little worms. 

Here is another view of the cute printables! My sister whipped up this cute little banner for the crate using some of the printables from Piggy Bank Parties. 

My husband's favorite dessert is dirt cake. And what kid doesn't like that? 
I got these cute little green metal platters from +Michaels Stores this summer and used a green stand from +Hobby Lobby to make my own two tier stand. 
Inside, I displayed miniature individual dirt cakes in clear cups. 

I was a slave driver and made my mom and sister tape the bamboo spoons onto the cups with cute orange and green washi. 

And, of course, there was a chocolate fountain. 
I served it with fruit and marshmallows, and even some more gummy worms for the sweet-tooth inclined. The kids loved it!


I knew I wanted to do a chocolate cake that looked like a dirt cake, but wasn't. 
So, I sent Mad Lily Cakery a picture of what I was thinking. 
How cute is this cake? And let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS. 
I wish I had a piece right now! It's pretty much the perfect cake for boys. 
My friends at +Birthday Express sent me some awesome polka dot party supplies for this party and I blew up a bunch of balloons and put them all in my living room. The kids loved it. Simple pleasures. 
And yes, my kids are watching their obsession, Little Einsteins. 

For the savory food, we kept it simple, Little Caesars pizza and homemade pasta salad. 
Good for adults and kids! 
I made this banner for my bar with my Silhouette. 
I displayed the cute party supplies from Birthday Express on my bar, along with pictures of Lach on every birthday. 

We almost always ask for charity donations in lieu of gifts for our kids' birthdays. They already get enough stuff from their aunts, uncles, and grandparents.  Our kids have every toy that they could ever need and so many children don't. This year, on both their birthdays we asked for donations to The Confetti Foundation. 
We ask our guests to bring monetary donations to help other children in the hospital have birthday parties too. It teaches our kids to be charitable and it serves a need. Win-win! 

For the favors, I knew I wanted to do a personalized gift. 
Target had these cute kid-sized sand pails all summer in their dollar spot. I snapped so many of them up!




So, how great is this banner? Worms? Brilliant. 


I found the best mud splatter graphic on the Silhouette store and cut the kids' names out of the design in brown vinyl. 




This is what a happy boy looks like. 




So, here's the story of this candle. My mother-in-law saw someone get one of these and she loved it and picked one up for each of her little grandkids. 
It is like a serious firework and it then rotates and sings Happy Birthday! It's a crowd-pleaser for sure! 
You can get one here: 
http://www.theamazingcandle.com/



You know...real party= wet kids. 
Happy Birthday my sweet Lachy!

Vendors: 

Table Runner: The Purple Pug
Invitations and Printables: Piggy Bank Parties
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Love and Sugar Kisses
Cake: Mad Lily Cakery
Balloons, Plates, Cups, Napkins, and Plastic Utensils: Birthday Express
All Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs



Sunday, June 22, 2014

{My Parties} Mint and Gold Vintage Sip and See Baby Shower

I know I say this all the time, but this is one of my favorite parties ever! 
I love the combination of mint and gold, especially for baby showers because it is so versatile and gender-neutral. 
This particular shower was actually a Sip and See! If you aren't Southern, or have no idea what a Sip and See is, it is a party after the baby is born, for all your friends and relatives to meet the baby. 
They have become really popular lately, especially in the case of second, third, or more babies. 

When Christina, my client, sent me some inspiration pictures of what she was thinking, I was so excited to do this party! I LOVE antiquing and buying unique pieces for events. 
So, I knew that I could make this really beautiful and vintage. 

I started with contacting my friend Gretchen at Three Little Monkeys Studios. 
She has a great style and I knew she could create a vintage, yet simplistic invitation. 
I always like to do some sort of welcome for guests at the front door. 
I made this wreath with a simple straw wreath form, burlap and lace ribbon, some scrapbook embellishments and some shapes from my Silhouette. 

I knew I wanted to use vintage windows and I was so pumped to find two different ones in varying shades of mint! Score! 
The large railing is actually a large piece of a baby crib that I found at the antique mall. I love the texture it brings to the table. 


The cake stands are a mixture of my collection and two beautiful mint green Nicole Miller stands that I found at +HomeGoods I might have squealed out loud when I found them. 

Since this was a brunch, we had tons of cute brunch foods!
The Eggo dipping sticks are a super easy way to do waffle shots!

These absolutely stunning mint and gold doughnuts are from my friend Autumn at Autumn Lynn's Chocolate Sins. I think that they were so beautiful that people were afraid to eat them!

The large A was purchased at +Hobby Lobby. It's actually made from canvas, so I painted it in an ombre treatment. The little anchor is from Hobby Lobby too. If you notice, there are anchors sprinkled into the design because they are meaningful to baby's parents. 

I made this vintage window into a birth announcement keepsake for the baby. I used my Silhouette to cut the baby's birth date stats and applied it directly to the window. I hope that this makes a beautiful addition to his room!

Ok, let's talk about how beautiful these are. Mad Lily Cakery made the cupcakes for me and Maria at Love and Sugar Kisses did the absolutely stunning toppers. I originally planned to do a cupcake wrapper on these, but when I started applying them, I thought they took away from the beautiful toppers!


I got the vintage mint hankies at the antique mall too. I love how they look on the cake stands. 

The fabulous cookies were made by my girls at Whimsy Cookie Co. 
I love the treatment they did on the mason jars to make them look like they are wrapped in burlap!

All party food doesn't have to be complicated. These mini-cinnamon rolls are prepackaged from Kroger and they are delicious!


For the favors, we did bags of powdered donuts. Gretchen made these toppers to match the invitation and they say "Donut be a stranger!"
I found this vintage drawer and painted the inside of it mint to hold the donuts. 


The beautiful fabric banner on the front of the table was made by Candace at LillyPaul Designs. I love the little textured pieces that she threw in. I have worked with her three times now and she does beautiful work!



Instead of gifts, the parents asked for guests to bring books for the baby's library. 
I set up another food station in the dining room for the savory food selections, which included chicken salad croissants, a yogurt and fruit trifle, a cheese display, and a biscuit bar. 

This chalkboard was an ugly painting that I painted over with chalkboard paint. 
A little chalk pen and some free-handing and it's the perfect display for the biscuit bar menu. 




Birthday Express sent me these awesome silver-look plastic utensils. This is a great option when you want something a little nicer-looking, with the ease of plastic utensils!
And what's a brunch without drinks? 




Big thanks to my clients, Christina and Chris! 


Vendors:

Fabric Banner: LillyPaul Designs
Cupcake Toppers: Love and Sugar Kisses
Cupcakes: Mad Lily Cakery
Invitation and Favor Bag Toppers: Three Little Monkeys Studio
Plates, Napkins, and Utensils: +Birthday Express 
Concept, Styling, and Photography: GreyGrey Designs


Celebrate Express Baby Shower Party Supplies